Atrial and Ventricular Septal Heart Defects Lawyer

Antidepressants may cause a number of side effects.  One of the most severe side effects occurs when a pregnant woman takes an antidepressant and consequentially gives birth to a baby with a congenital heart defect such as an atrial or ventricular septal defect, a potentially life-threatening condition.

If you took antidepressants during pregnancy and gave birth to a baby with an atrial or ventricular septal defect or another congenital heart defect, you may be eligible to pursue substantial compensation in a dangerous medication personal injury lawsuit.  Contact a birth defect lawyer at our firm today to learn about the legal options available to you.

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Antidepressants and Heart Birth Defects

The FDA issued a warning concerning the risk of heart defects in babies whose mothers used antidepressants during pregnancy in July 2006.Scientific studies show that women who use an antidepressant during pregnancy are at least twice as likely to give birth to a child with a serious congenital heart birth defect, such as an atrial or ventricular septal defect.

The following antidepressants have been linked with atrial and ventricular septal defects in newborns whose mothers used these drugs during pregnancy:

  • Lexapro (Escitalopram)
  • Effexor (Venlafaxine)
  • Wellbutrin (Bupropion)
  • Celexa (Citalopram)
  • Paxil (Paroxetine)
  • Prozac (Fluoxetine)
  • Zoloft (Sertraline)
  • Symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine)

Atrial Septal Heart Defects

An atrial septal defect (ASD) is a congenital birth defect where there is an opening or hole in the wall that divides the upper chambers of the heart, known as the septum.  Because of this, oxygenated blood from the left atrium flows into the right atrium, mixing with oxygen-poor blood and increasing the amount of blood that flows toward the lungs.  This condition creates more work for the right side of the heart.  Furthermore, the extra amount of blood flow in the arteries of the lungs can cause permanent damage. 

A minor atrial septal defect may close itself during the early years of a child’s life.  In some cases, however, larger septal defects may remain and can damage the lungs and the heart if not corrected surgically, possibly leading to a shortened life span. 

Ventricular Septal Heart Defects

A ventricular septal defect (VSD) is a hole in the wall (septum) that separates the lower chambers of the heart, known as the ventricles.  In some cases, this hole is relatively small and can mend itself as the child grows.  In other cases, the hole remains and causes an excess of blood to be pumped to the lungs and this can lead to heart failure.  Other possible side effects of a ventricular septal defect include bacterial infections of the heart, leaking of the heart valves, heart arrhythmia, delayed growth and development, and pulmonary hypertension.

A baby who has a large VSD and who has symptoms related to heart failure will require surgery to close the hole in his or her heart.  Special medication, such as digitalis or diuretics, will also be given.

Contact a Heart Defect Lawyer

If your baby was born with a congenital heart birth defect after his mother took antidepressants during pregnancy, his or her birth defect may be the result of a dangerous medication.  In many cases, pregnant women do not feel they were adequately warned of the potential affects their medications may have upon their babies.  In such cases, it is possible to file a dangerous drug personal injury lawsuit for significant compensation.  To learn more about your legal options, contact us today to speak with a heart birth defect lawyer at no cost to you.

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